Skip to comments.DHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials
Posted on 12/06/2012 8:28:10 AM PST by KeyLargo
News: Watchdog DHS grants 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials
December 5, 2012 | 11:00 am | Modified: December 5, 2012 at 11:05 am
America is prepared if pumpkin-starved zombies that can only be killed with flavored snowballs invade, thanks to billions of dollars in federal grants to harden the homeland against terror attacks.
What's not clear is whether the United States is any better protected against more conventional attacks by actual humans using guns, bombs or chemical weapons, according to report on wasteful spending of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) money issued today by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
DHS has spent $35 billion since 2003 on grants to help state and local governments prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. Money flowed through up to 17 different programs with few standards as to what would qualify.
One costly program with particularly ill-defined rules is the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which has funneled more than $7 billion to state and local agencies with virtually no accountability, according to the report.
Local governments have used UASI money to buy Sno-Cone machines in Michigan, armored vehicles in small towns across the country, and even to pay $1,000-per-person registration fees at a training seminar that featured a session in which 40 actors portraying zombies were gunned down in a parking lot.
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Armored police vehicles, some with rotating gun turrets, have become popular items for state and local law enforcement agencies to buy with federal funds. This one was bought to protect the annual Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire. (Photo courtesy Sen. Tom Coburn).
Militant police armed with Snow Cones. looks like Big Zeros plans are coming right along. lol.